Friday September 19, 2014
Carole was in the other seat - as the interviewee, September 19th. She appeared on WAMC's Food Friday to talk about Crock Pot Cooking!
Carole has been writing away and has a few articles to share: Pick up the recent copy of Edible Berkshires to read about The Happy Diet, and a story about still-life artist and cook, Helga Orthofer. Or read online about Garden-to-table recipe creation on Zester Daily.
On October 26th, she'll be back on Newschannel 13 to cook up something very fall - thinking pumpkin something - ravioli perhaps?
And, listen in - as we are upon the Jewish Holidays - Dottie Weber shares some tips and traditions.
Friday September 12, 2014
It's funny how we take for granted the things we know how to do and just do them. It happens in all aspects of our lives - the things we do most naturally and happily are sometimes the things we need to think about and value more in ourselves. When it comes to cooking there are so many little things that I just do. I do them because I learned them by observation as a kid or in a cooking class along the way. Nevertheless, one of those things my mom and nana made all the time was a soffritto - as a base for soups, stews, sauces etc. Simply put it is the slow frying of onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Sometime, I add herbs like thyme, oregano or basil, salt and pepper. But the technique is always the same. Heat up some oil, add the chopped onions first, then the carrots and celery, saving the garlic and any herbs for last. Once it is slighly golden and aromatic, I add my soup stock, wine or more ingredients. I make lentil soup, beef stew and my latest concoction that I will be making on Newschannel13 on Sunday, Potato Leek Soup this way.
Perhaps you have a technique that you use that shows up in many of your dishes? I would love to hear all about it.
Saturday August 02, 2014
By Dyana Robenalt
It’s August and time for butterflies to begin their migration south. We often wonder what small acts we can do to help save the environment. Planting food for this major journey for the butterflies is an easy one that virtually everyone can contribute.
Generations of butterflies fly south. It’s a family affair. How wonderful could it be for you to plant fall flowers with your children and grandchildren to offer food for the butterfly migration?
Here is a list of excellent colorful fall flowers that can easily still be purchased at your local garden center for a fabulous display and an attractive butterfly nectar feast:
Perennials & Vines
Solidago – Goldenrod (non-allergic variety)
Eupatorium - Joe Pye Weed
Lobelia – Cardinal Flower
Fall butterfly feeding frenzy with layers of Joe Pye Weed, Agastache and Solidago:
For a little inspiration to get you moving toward the nursery, watch this mesmerizing video of the journey of the Monarch migration to Mexico by one of our all-time favorite nature photographers, Louie Schwartzberg and narrated by Meryl Streep.
Butterfly Bushes waiting for purchase:
Wednesday June 25, 2014
One of THE best things I have ever done was to take a writing workshop with Nancy Aronie. She believes creativity requires safety. And it does. We all have a story and Nancy coaches it out of us by inspiring us to put it on the page. Get the rawness down. Put the emotional brokenness on the page.
If you have been wanting to write or are already a writer and want to find your authentic voice, this workshop is for you!! I was so INSPIRED by Nancy that I invited her to do her workshop at my home, Boulderwood Farm. She is so excited to come to Stockbridge, MA in early January, 2015!! The only requirement she asked of me was to make sure there is snow. So, I am already praying to the snow gods!!
Please join me and Nancy Aronie for a weekend retreat. We will begin on Friday evening with opening remarks from Nancy and a casual supper at 7pm. On Saturday, we will write and read from 9-12, break for lunch, and reconvene for some more writing and reading from 1-5. Everyone will be on their own for dinner. Sunday, we begin at 9 and finish at noon with Nancy's traditional bread breaking.
Workshop Fee: $475. Includes Welcome Dinner, Coffee, tea and snacks both days, Lunch on Saturday and yummy homemade breads on Sunday. If you are coming from out of town, I can provide acoomodations at Boulderwood for $125/night single occupancy or $75pp/double occupancy. Boulderwood is a wonderful c.1900 shingle-style home set on 80 acres. We have horses, chickens, cows and a border collie. Our living room has the following quote carved in the cornice of our living room: "And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stone, Good in Everything." Shakepeare, As You Like It. Between the setting and Nancy's coaching, you are in for a treat!!
Please call Carole at 413-298-0173 to reserve your spot. We can take credit cards over the phone, via our webstore or if you'd prefer to send a check, please make it out to Heirloom Meals and send to: Carole Murko, PO Box 1532, Stockbridge, MA 01262.